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Summer Reading Thing

I found a fun way to start my summer reading here: Summer Reading Thing 2009 Contest, books, summer and reading all wrapped up together!
I looked at the pile of books by my bed (and the ones on hold at the library) that I have designated as 'summer reading'. I was surprised to see so many LDS authors.
Here is the list (in no particular order):
The Actor and the Housewife by Shannon Hale Forest Born by Shannon Hale A Modest Proposal by Michele Ashman Bell Molly Mormon? by Tamra Norton The Princess and the Bear by Mette Ivie Harrison Flying Home by Rachel Ann Nunes Miss Delacourt Speaks Her Mind by Heidi Ashworth Recovering Charles by Jason F. Wright Seeking Persephone by Sarah Eden Out of Jerusalem by H.B. Moore
Fablehaven Book Four by Brandon Mull The Candy Shop War by Brandon Mull Heaven Scent by Rebecca Talley Santa's Secret by Christy Hardman My Not-So Fairy-Tale Life by Julie Wright Nothing to Regret by Tristi Pinkston Agent in Old Lace by Trist Pinkston Bitten by Robert Smith Papa Mar…

3 Best Writing Tips

With all the advice in cyberspace sometimes it's hard to narrow down to the best ideas to help a writer. 
Is the best advice about the opening?  Or the characters? How about plot? 
What are the 3 best writing tips you have used/heard?

Thinking outside the Box

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I have been having a problem focusing on writing since I came back from the writers conference.  Well, that's not entirely true.  I sat down and started writing the sci-fi story that was begging me to put it on paper.  And I was happy to oblige! 
Then a problem arose; the other stories I've been writing started in on me.  They also wanted me to work their stories or finish editing them. Their voices got louder and more incessant until I had to stop writing the sci-fi story. 
Instead of writing, I read and answered emails; checked Faceb ook, Twitter and wrote some articles for Triond. 
But the stories wouldn't leave me alone.
As I was trying to decide what to do I remembered Julie Bellon's class (love her by the way!): "Self Editing and Rewriting." She taught us Four Secrets to Self-Editing or the CLAW method:  Check your most basic editing checklist Let someone else read it for you Always print it out and read/edit the hard copy Walk away for hours, days or weeks.
My no…

Pics from Writer's Conference

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I stole some of these from the LDStorymakers Conference...... I hope they don't care :)

Ernest Hemingway Quote

"The best way is always to stop when you are going good and when you know what will happen next. If you do that every day … you will never be stuck. Always stop while you are going good and don’t think about it or worry about it until you start to write the next day. That way your subconscious will work on it all the time. But if you think about it consciously or worry about it you will kill it and your brain will be tired before you start."